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Sarkin Paints Live at the MET with Guster (video)

Sarkin painted a piece live onstage at the MET while Guster plays “Jesus On the Radio” from Guster’s new album featuring cover art by Sarkin–Easy Wonderful.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cg2oLzQOADU

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Sarkin with Guster at the MET

Below: Sarkin with Guster on stage performing Jesus On the Radio from Guster’s new album Easy Wonderful.

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Press Release: Sarkin with Guster at the MET

An Evening With Guster and Jon Sarkin 

Friday, February 25, 7:00 p.m.

Spectrum was thrilled to present an evening of art and music featuring Guster, an alternative rock band, and Jon Sarkin, an American folk artist.

Ken Moore, Frederick P. Rose Curator in Charge of Musical Instruments, and Carrie Rebora Barratt, associate director for collections and administration, facilitated a conversation between Guster and Sarkin on their recent collaboration and the historic relationship between artists and musicians.

Guster performed a special set following the conversation, during which Sarkin created a new work of art live on stage.

The three principal members of Guster—Adam Gardner, Ryan Miller, and Brian Rosenworcel—met and began playing music together in the dorms of Tufts University in the early 1990s. Over fifteen years later, the band is operating at the absolute peak of its creative powers and playing to the largest audiences of its career.

Guster’s sixth studio album, Easy Wonderful, was released in October 2010 and earned the band rave reviews with the Wall Street Journal, who hailed its “jangly, ebullient rock,” and USA Today, who wrote that Guster’s “impeccable, infectious” songs are “impossible not to feel.” The album opened at #2 on the iTunes chart and earned Guster its highest debut to date on the Billboard Top 200.

Sarkin created the album art for Easy Wonderful and also created art for—and appeared in—the music video for the single “Do You Love Me.” Sarkin has a fascinating story; he was a successful chiropractor until he had a stroke at age 35 and was overcome by a desire to create art.

check out photos from the event on Flickr

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From the “You’re,” not “Your” Blog

from http://yourenotyour.blogspot.com/2011/01/jon-sarkin-make-art.html

1.12.2011

JON SARKIN: make the art

Inspired by GMG

Jon Sarkin is one of the most interesting people I have ever encountered. And it just so happens that we each call Gloucester “home.” His impressive resume includes two, substantial Vanity Fair articles, staring in this Pulitzer finalist NJ Star Ledger story, and having sold pieces of his work to private collections held by, among others, icons Diane von Furstenburg and Annie Leibovitz. This, of course, fails to mention exhibits across the U.S. or placement in influential arenas like MOMA. Or how Tom Cruise bought the rights to his life story. Jon’s accolades go on and on… It’s wonderful and exciting for us. But it’s just life for him. Life post-trauma.

This past Fall, I had the opportunity to visit his now-empty Birds Eye studio on The Fort. The property itself — an abandoned factory on the harbor — is stunning. Not “stunning” so as to imply a pristine, novel, or grandeur sense of the word. But stunning in so far as the space was open, simple, and aged. Stunning as in perhaps perfect for Sarkin, right down to doorbell note. (He has since moved to a Main Street location.)

During a brief visit, Jon and I did not speak about his art; he rather chose to ignore the stacks of canvas and paper strewn about, one more impressive than the other. Instead, we dabbled in the niceties of small talk. The Velvet Underground. Local restaurants and sandwich shops. Carpentry. Of course, as it always will, the adult-go-to, “what do you do?” came up. Shrugging, visibly embarrassed by then empty attempts at both retail and for-sale art stuffs, it became painfully apparent that I didn’t want to talk about it.

Faced with what could have been yet another spoke-too-soon hole in which I dug and promptly laid, Jon was amazing. He said that one of the most important parts of life is respecting boundaries. I had set mine. He wasn’t going to try and sneak around it, duck under it, or trick me away from it. After sharing a few of his lines-were-crossed stories, he clapped his hands as if to wipe them clean of the trivial matter and — just like that — we moved on. I was touched by his approach. Bewildered by how the thing I should do and the thing I was doing, in all of it’s simplicity, was the same. Eloquent yet elementary. Letting go.

Discovery Science Channel aired this piece on Jon in December. Certainly worth the 20-odd minutes. I will say that he was much warmer in my meeting than he appears in this video. Though the buckets of chalks, paints, and crayons, and those boat shoes are very much real. In the best of ways.

One of Jon’s most recent endeavors involved Guster’s music video for “Do You Love Me.” A wonderful concept, executed in part by local advertising heroes, Bait and Tackle. Apparently, iTunes felt the same. The video’s success has lead to a  line of Sarkin-inspired merchandise, a re-skinning of the band’s MySpace page, and a fun new cover on the deluxe edition of the appropriately titled, Easy Wonderful.

I believe there is a lot of happiness to be had, through wisdom and acceptance, in the world of Jon Sarkin. I really, really do.

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Sarkin at MMA Feb 25 (get tickets)

An Evening with Guster and Jon Sarkin
Friday, February 25, 2011, 7:00 PM
A Spectrum Event

The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
$22

Spectrum is thrilled to invite you to an evening of art and music featuring Guster, an alternative rock band, and Jon Sarkin, an American folk artist.

Ken Moore, Frederick P. Rose Curator in Charge of Musical Instruments, and Carrie Rebora Barratt, associate director for collections and administration, will facilitate a conversation between Guster and Sarkin on their recent collaboration and the historic relationship between artists and musicians.

The three principal members of Guster – Adam Gardner, Ryan Miller, Brian Rosenworcel – met and began playing music together in the dorms of Tufts University in the early 1990s. Over fifteen years on, the band is operating at the absolute peak of its creative powers, making the most inspired, timeless music and playing to the largest audiences of its career.

Guster’s 6th studio album Easy Wonderfulwas released in October 2010, and earned the band rave reviews with the Wall Street Journal hailing its “jangly, ebullient rock,” and USA Today insisting that Guster’s “impeccable, infectious” songs are “impossible not to feel.” The album opened at #2 on the iTunes chart and earned Guster its highest debut to date on the Billboard Top 200.

Sarkin created the album art for Guster’s latest album, Easy Wonderful, and he also created art for (and appeared in) the music video for the single “Do You Love Me.” Sarkin has a fascinating story; he was a successful chiropractor until he had a stroke at age 35 and was overcome by a desire to create art.

read the original article and/or purchase tickets online

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Easy Wonderful now available on iTunes

The deluxe edition of Guster’s latest album Easy Wonderful is full of Sarkin’s art. Get it on iTunes, complete with a special Digital Booklet, bound to have some Sarkin surprises.